Moore stated all active officers who fall ill with COVID-19 symptoms are presumed to have actually contracted the virus on task.
” We all grieve together over the loss of a law enforcement officer, a servant, a person who worked the streets to safeguard the lives of the people of Los Angeles,” Moore stated. “There are all kinds of dangers to their security, and this is yet another one.”
Moore said Martinez initially fell ill in May.
Martinez is the second LAPD employee to die of the virus. Earlier this month, senior detention officer Erica McAdoo died from complications of COVID-19.
Martinez signed up with the LAPD in 2007, according to a fundraising website set up by his enjoyed ones to aid with his medical costs and collect donations for his domestic partner. As his symptoms aggravated he was dealt with by emergency situation workers at Henry Mayo Hospital in Santa Clara and after that Providence Saint Johns Medical Center in Santa Monica, where he was put on a ventilator in early June, according to the website.
Moore stated efforts were made to get Martinez “the best care,” and that personnel at St. Johns were “amazing in their worthy efforts to conserve him.”
The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union which represents rank-and-file LAPD officers, described Martinez as a “hero lost method too early in life.”
All of our officers have positioned themselves, and their households, at increased risk throughout the action to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the union stated in a statement. “We honor their sacrifice today.”
A total of 437 LAPD staff members had contracted the infection as of July 22, authorities said; 254 of those employees are quarantining due to exposure, according to a press release.
The variety of COVID-19 cases among the LAPDs ranks expanded in July, a spike that Moore partly credited to conditions officers faced during a wave of demonstrations that followed the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The department has actually dealt with criticism from others and protesters who state officers were not wearing masks at protests, and continue to not wear masks on the streets. Moore said he and the LAPD command staff need officers to wear masks whenever possible and are pressing officers to stay as careful as they can.
Numerous officers who have contracted the virus have actually returned to work, he stated.
A Los Angeles policeman died of the coronavirus early Friday, the very first sworn officer in the city to yield to the deadly pandemic, authorities said.
Officer Valentin Martinez, 45, worked patrol and is presumed to have actually contracted the virus while on task, said LAPD Chief Michel Moore. He had actually been on the force for 13 years.
Intensifying the grief of Martinezs household and his colleagues is that Martinezs domestic partner is 20 weeks pregnant with twin kids, Moore said.
” They are ravaged,” Moore stated. Within the department, there has actually been an “outpouring of love and assistance,” particularly in the Mission Station, where Martinez worked.